Miramar College Student Resource and Welcome Center

Comprehensive renovation welcomes students to Miramar


San Diego Community College District

San Diego, CA


At the center of campus at San Diego Miramar College is a striking new Student Resources and Welcome Center—the result of a major renovation to Miramar’s former interim library. As construction manager for this design-bid-build project, Harris ensured that students and staff alike will find functionality and pleasure in the newest campus addition.

Opened in August 2014, the $5.5 million renovation was made possible by San Diego’s $1.5 billion Propositions S and N construction bond program. The program funds state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities, major renovations and campus-wide infrastructure projects at City, Mesa and Miramar Colleges and six Continuing Education campuses throughout San Diego.

This new facility will serve as an integral component of the recently opened Student Services Center at Miramar. The west entrance of the new building houses the Welcome Center, which includes Outreach and Assessment/Testing Services. The east entrance connects students to a state-of-the-art wellness and Student Health Center. The new building also includes permanent office and meeting space for the San Diego Miramar College Academic Senate.

Designed by Architects Mosher Drew, the sleek, xeriscaped Student Resources and Welcome Center is on track to obtain LEED Silver certification.

Core Elements

  • Replacement of all mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems
  • Complete interior gutting and renovation
  • Major site work improvements, including berms, a pedestrian promenade and a new parking lot

Beyond the Blueprints

Harris leveraged the innovative lean design/pull planning method to complete the 10,140-square foot building. This process of working backwards and setting milestones from the end date reduces variability, simplifies coordination, breaks big tasks into smaller activities and helps identify potential problems and opportunities well in advance. For the College, the method ultimately maximized the value of the construction team while minimizing waste.